Paul Wheaton's cool thread about threshing wheat got me thinking about antique Allis Chalmers All Crop harvesters. I think, for anyone wanting to harvest small grain, but can't afford or justify a new $250,000 combine, an AC All Crop might be a perfect fit. Anyone that I've ever met that has used an All Crop says they were the best harvesting machine they've ever worked with. These machines are able to harvest even the finest seeds with the right screens. Just a few weeks ago, I read a thread on another forum, from a fellow Hoosier, that was using an AC All Crop to harvest clover seed. Many farmers still use their All Crops for oats, linseed, and a whole list of stuff I've never even heard of before. These machines are inexpensive to purchase. It is common to hear that people buy these for $200 or less. I am told that anyone with some mechanical ability can get an All Crop up and running, even if it has sat for 40 years. I'm not an expert on All Crops, but I do find them very intriguing. I think the possibilities are endless. I wonder if those antique All Crops don't have a place in today's new world of small, organic, independent homesteaders and farmers. Even if you sunk $1000 or more into an All Crop to get it up and running perfectly, but it would handle your harvesting needs, and could expand your ability to grow a diverse array of specialty crops, it could be the investment of a lifetime. For instance, I've been thinking about growing oats. I have access to 10 or more acres that are up for rent. Absolutely no one in our area grows oats. It is corn and soybeans only, with an occasional stand of double cropped wheat. Even if oats were selling for $100 a bushel, I'd have no one in the area that could harvest them. The same goes for linseed/flaxseed. If I wanted to grow linseed, it seems like my only choice would be to find someone with an All Crop in our area. A harvesting machine like these seems like they would give the small 'out-of-the-box' farmer tremendous control over what they grow, harvested, and sold. FWIW, the All Crops can run off of the PTO of an old tractor, and some models contained an engine. They came in widths of 40 inches, 60 inches, 66 inches, up to 90 inches. Anyone own or use an All Crop?